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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins were honored with the Salvation Army “Sheltering You from Life’s Storms” Hurricane Katrina Award on May 26 at the Hilton Towers.

The Penguins were one of only nine organizations honored for their Katrina efforts at the Salvation Army’s 2006 Allegheny County “Doing the Most Good Luncheon.”

The Hurricane Katrina Awards were presented by the Salvation Army to corporations and groups who raised a minimum of $10,000 to support Hurricane Katrina disaster victims in the Gulf Coast Region. 

Penguins Owner Mario Lemieux and rookie sensation Sidney Crosby led a group of players including Marc-Andre Fleury, Ryan Malone and Sergei Gonchar to raise over $26,500 on September 17, 2005 as they greeted fans and signed autographs between on-ice workouts during the team’s 2005-06 training camp at Mellon Arena.

“It’s an honor for our team to be recognized by the Salvation Army for our Katrina Relief fundraising efforts,” stated Penguins Director of Public/Community Relations Cindy Himes.  “The Penguins organization emphasizes community-based programs throughout the year and we feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to assist The Salvation Army and other community support organizations with their mission to help those in need.”

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